When I started drinking pu’erh tea nearly a month ago, I wasn’t thinking about weight loss. So imagine my surprise that I’ve lost the two annoying pounds I typically pack on in January and lug around until May!
It’s not that I hadn’t read about the alleged health attributes of pu’erh, which include weight loss. It’s that my primary interests were to learn more about a legendary tea that the Chinese and other serious tea aficionados spend thousands of dollars to purchase at auction. A tea from 500- year-old trees tended by hill tribes in southern Yunnan. A tea that is known to provide energy to those who imbibe it.
Now that I’ve experimented with this tea for enough time to evaluate it, it’s a double-thumbs-up and I will continue to drink it. Not just because I’ve lost weight drinking it, though that’s a powerful incentive, but because it absolutely boosts my energy without the jitters I typically experience when I consume caffeine. Oh, and did I mention that it tastes good?
In the process of my Numi Pu’erh tea blogging challenge I have become quite interested in pu’erh, not just because it tastes good, but because it comes from a very interesting part of the world that most of us in the West know little about.
Yunnan Province in Southwestern China, is the birthplace of pu’erh. It appears that there are few, if any, early records about pu’erh, but it has been around for at least 1500 years, as I mentioned in an earlier blog.
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I tried when I was a Freshman in college, mainly because everyone else drank coffee. They served coffee and doughnuts in the morning in my dorm great room on the weekend. While I loved the aroma, I didn’t like the taste unless I poured in cream and sugar. Even diluted, coffee made me jittery. As I wasn’t a doughnut eater and given that the coffee made me feel strange, I let it go. It wasn’t until my forties that I started to drink tea in the morning, and more to warm me up than wake me up.
In recent years I’ve grown quite fond of tea, usually drinking green during the day and a decaffeinated tea in the evening such as Numi’s Vanilla Nights decaf. When I took the Pu’erh challenge I thought it would be an interesting way to learn more about a tea with a big history in China. I hadn’t expected that I would get hooked. I am.
Recently I went to the Specialty Food (also known as the Fancy Food) show in San Francisco to see what was new and exciting in the food world. I also went to connect with companies who are supporting sustainability and ethical trade with farmers as well as selling fair trade and organic products. I’m happy to say that the number of specialty food companies buying consciously is growing, a hopeful sign for growers and consumers alike.
A company that I am quite interested in is Numi Tea. We carried Numi’s organic Indian Night Decaf Black Vanilla tea in our gift packages and by the box when we were still doing retail sales in our online store. The vanilla is delicate and understated, just as it should be so that the quality of the tea leaves are enhanced rather than overwhelmed by the vanilla.